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Wexford FC RT @YouthsWomen: Tonights only goal of the game as @YouthsWomen book our place in the @FAIWomen Cup Final after beating @ucdwaves at Ferryc…

Wexford Youths Women defeated Cork City Women at Turner's Cross on Sunday to win their first silverware of 2018, the WNL Shield. It was a dogged performance throughout from the Youths who weren't at their flowing best on the day, Cork with the better chances, but experience and sheer desire won out for Wexford who brought the Shield back to the South East for the second time (Youths last won this competition in the 2015/16 season).

Without top scorer Rianna Jarrett, Doireann Fahey and Aoife Slattery who were on International duty, Manager Tom Elmes started with Katrina Parrock up front, McKenna Davidson and Aisling Frawley providing the width and Edel Kennedy in support. The home team started the better though, passing the ball quickly and shooting on sight. The Youths had to dig deep but defended well, Lauren Dwyer exceptional at centre back (she later was deservedly awarded Player of the Match).

Cork were looking to add to their FAI Cup success last year and with the vast support behind them had the Youths under pressure in the first half although it was Aisling Frawley who had the best chance of the first 45 by far, her close range volley well saved by Amanda Budden. Youths looked better after the break, Frawley again denied by Budden before Christina Dring was unlucky to see her header come crashing off the Youths crossbar as the 90 minutes drew to a close.

Neither side looked like they wanted penalties as chances came and went in Extra Time. Kylie Murphy had an effort bravely blocked before Saoirse Noonan saw her long range shot superbly tipped over by Sophie Lenehan as the game finished scoreless after 120 minutes of action.

Lenehan again denied Noonan in the penalty shootout after successful spot kicks from Murphy, Becky Cassin, Rachel Hutchinson, Nicola Sinnott and Frawley who ended the contest with an unstoppable penalty off the crossbar.

Wexford Youths Women: Sophie Lenehan, Nicola Sinnott, Lauren Dwyer, Orlaith Conlon, Becky Cassin, Kylie Murphy (c), Edel Kennedy, Aisling Frawley, McKenna Davidson (Ciara Delaney 105), Emma Hansberry and Katrina Parrock (Rachel Hutchinson 80).  Subs Not Used: Ciamh Dollard, Clionadh Ni Shi, Orla Casey and Maeve Williams.

Cork City Women: Amanda Budden, Nathalie O'Brien, Ciara McNamara, Savannah McCarthy, Eadbha O'Mahony, Maggie Duncliffe, Eadaoin Lyons (Hannah O'Donoghue 74), Katie McCarthy, Kate O'Donovan (Danielle Burke 63), Christina Dring (Courtney O'Keefe 115) and Saoirse Noonan.

   

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